is obesity an inherited gene

No. The tendency of Americans to become obese, and even morbidly obese, has shown up markedly in the last two generations. If it were inherited, it could be to an evolutioary case of "survival of the fittest", which obviously is not the case. You see a lot of obese parents with obese children, but this is due to environmental factors and the fact that they have same bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

Scientists have recently discovered a gene that may help cause obesity. But how it works and how to treat it aren't clear.

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This reminds me of the best advice from one of my uncles: The best exercise is pushing oneself away from the table!

More Americans need to learn how to do this sooner than they do!


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